Filmmaker Shanra J. Kehl is riding high on her directorial debut “The Morning After” that earned her the Spirit of Independents Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival earlier this year.

Since it’s debut in 2015, “The Morning After” has picked up awards at over a dozen festivals, including Tenerife International Film Festival (Best Film and Best Original Screenplay), Cape Fear International Film Festival (Best Screenplay and Best Female Director), Mexico International Film Festival (Best Romantic Comedy), and the Best Feature Producer award at last year’s LA Femme International Film Festival. It was also screened at Cannes this year at the Palais and Gray Screens to standing room only crowds.

Earlier this year, Shanra cut a sales deal with Princ Films who sold the film to the German filmgoing audiences and HBO Europe. It was also picked up by HBO East and is currently available on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Fandango NOW in the US.

The Morning After extended trailer from The Morning After on Vimeo.

After Shanra graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Cinematography, she pursued a career shooting independent films, TV shows and documentaries. But after ten years behind the camera, she realized she wanted to create storylines as much as she wanted to shoot them. Her first short was ”Manscaping”, a mockumentary that was ultimately picked up for distribution by Shorts International.

“The Morning After” is an homage to the classic rom-coms that celebrate love, loss and regret, in a series of eight vignettes about that awkward moment when you wake up next to someone the next morning and wonder do you stay or do you go?

From a youth hostel roll-in-the-hay to a saucy menage-a-trois, all the characters in “The Morning After” discover that love - good or bad - can profoundly change your life forever! “The Morning After” is a great film to help shake off any holiday blues!

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